O's hope home is where the offense is
Baltimore (24-33) vs. Seattle (28-29), 7:05 p.m. ET
OAKLAND -- Maybe a change of scenery will do the Orioles some good. Their West Coast trip has not been kind, but there's some promise of better times ahead."We always have a lot of fun playing in Camden Yards," Orioles' manager Dave Trembley said. "We have a long homestand coming up and we'll enjoy the day off." The off-day comes before a busy Tuesday for the Orioles, who have the fifth pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, which begins at 6 p.m. ET and can be seen live on MLB.com and MLB Network.
Trembley varied his lineup again Sunday, giving Brian Roberts and Aubrey Huff each a day of rest.Adam Jones found himself leading off, the first time anyone other than Roberts has handled the spot this season. For Jones, it was his third different spot in the order in three days. Roberts and Huff were each out of the starting lineup for the first time this season. "Guys deserve a day off," Trembley said. "Sometimes when you're down early in a game, guys like that try to make it all up at once, and they can't do that. I commend their approach, but they don't have to think they need to carry the team. They are valuable parts of this ballclub and will be back in there on Tuesday." The Orioles finished 1-5 on their West Coast swing, matching last year's record through Oakland and Anaheim (though they won three of four in Kansas City on the same trip). Baltimore hopes to rekindle its winning ways at home, in a place where it won five of seven contests during its previous stay. The Orioles are 16-13 in Camden Yards. Right-hander Koji Uehara should be returning to the starting rotation in the next few days, and the offense has to get better. Playing in familiar surroundings can only help. Pitching matchup
BAL: RHP Brad Bergesen (2-2, 4.64 ERA)
With Koji Uehara likely return to the starting rotation during the upcoming homestand, Orioles manager Dave Trembley said he wanted to keep Bergesen and Jeremy Guthrie as closely aligned to their normal routine as possible. Bergesen will be pitching on five days' rest, and just threw seven innings and gave up five hits in Seattle last Wednesday, though he received a no-decision. Bergesen has put together back-to-back quality starts, allowing four runs on 12 hits over 15 innings for a 2.40 ERA. SEA: LHP Jason Vargas (2-0, 1.93 ERA)
Vargas has yet to allow more than two earned runs in a game since joining the Mariners in May, surrendering just seven earned runs in 32 2/3 innings. Acquired in the three-team, 12-player trade with the Mets and Indians last December, Vargas has been arguably the biggest surprise of the season for the Mariners. He won't hit 90 on the radar gun but relies on pinpoint location, which has worked superbly so far. He held the Orioles to two runs over 5 1/3 innings in his last start. Tidbits
Before Sunday's game, Roberts watched his alma mater, North Carolina, win the second game of its Super Regional to advance to the College World Series. "It was awesome," Roberts said of his own CWS experience. "It's an exciting time for a college player." ... Jason Berken also experienced the CWS when he pitched for Clemson, which was having a difficult time of it against host Arizona State in its Super Regional. "It was one of the best experiences of my life," Berken said. "The goal for any college player is to get to Omaha, and I was fortunate enough to be there." ... The Orioles have not won a season series against Oakland since 1998. ... Baltimore is 0-9 in the final game of a road series. ... Orioles starters lasted a combined 4 2/3 innings in the series against the A's. ... Rich Hill will sign autographs and answer questions at ESPN Zone at the Inner Harbor on Tuesday between noon and 1 p.m. ET. ... Jones will appear at the Wendy's restaurant on West Nursery Road in Linthicum on Wednesday between noon and 1 p.m. ET. ... Jones led off for the ninth time in his career on Sunday. Tickets
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Wednesday: Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie, 4-5, 5.61) vs. Mariners (Felix Hernandez, 5-3, 3.22), 7:05 p.m. ET
Thursday: Orioles (Koji Uehara, 2-3, 4.09) vs. Mariners (Ryan Rowland-Smith, 0-0, 0.00), 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday: Orioles (Jason Berken, 1-2, 7.04) vs. Braves (TBD), 7:05 p.m. ET
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.